Over the course of the past year, our department has grown considerably, with four new full-time faculty joining us since the start of 2021. This is the second in our series of new faculty spotlights, introducing Dr. Katy Sparrow. Dr. Sparrow joined GSU as a lecturer in August 2021 and will be spearheading the department's efforts to bring GSU's environmental science core course sequence to the downtown campus. Get to know Dr. Sparrow with our Q&A below!
Where are you originally from?
Raleigh, North Carolina
Where were you before coming to GSU?
Most recently I was a postdoctoral fellow at Florida State University in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences from 2018-2021. Before that I worked for a year as a postdoc in the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry at Stockholm University in Sweden. I earned my PhD in Geosciences from the University of Rochester in 2017 and my BS in Environmental Science from UNC-Wilmington in 2011.
What’s your primary area of study?
Environmental Science, Oceanography, Biogeochemistry, Global Climate Change
What classes are you teaching at GSU?
Environmental Science (ENVS 1401 and ENVS 1402) and more classes to be finalized soon, potentially including the following: Food, Water, & Waste; Modern Climate Change & Paleoclimates; Reframing Scientific Discovery in Geosciences .
What are you researching right now?
Peatlands from all over the world, asking questions about the likelihood of carbon stored there being released as CO2 in a warming world and answering those questions using a unique combination of analytical chemistry methods.
What’s your favorite thing about Atlanta (so far)?
My new house is probably my favorite thing, because I've never been a homeowner before, and already loving my neighborhood (East Point)! The Atlanta Botanical Garden and Sweet Hut are new favorites so far and I'm looking forward to visiting all the cool dog parks around the city with my fiancée, Laura, and our blue-eyed beagle mix, Blue.